Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, February 20, 2021

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Mountain View News Saturday, February 20, 2021 



The Duarte Kiwanis Club had a meeting inviting all 
the other non-profits and service organizations in the 
community to come together for a collective brainstorming 
session to determine the unmet needs of our community. 
Along with service to our youth, three major themes 
emerged - homeless problems, seniors needing community 
and outreach to non-English speaking community. Our 
thanks to representatives from The Elks Lodge, Friends of 
the Duarte Library, Santa Teresita, Foothill Unity Center, 
Rebuilding Together, The Duarte Woman’s Club, Duarte 
Unified School District, Duarte Rotary Club, DART, Duarte 
Teen Center, and ACT-SO.

If you are interested in joining the Duarte Kiwanis or 
presenting at a future meeting, please contact Tina Carey 
at The club is currently meeting virtually 
through Zoom.




Duarte Unified School District (DUSD) is 
partnering with the City of Hope and the 
Los Angeles County Department of Public 
Health to provide access to the first does of 
the COVID-19 vaccine to employees of eight 
regional school districts, Duarte residents, 
and residents from neighboring communities 
that are age 65 or older. 

Currently, DUSD can serve all employees 
that are age 65 and older of the following 
school districts:


Arcadia Unified School District

Azusa Unified School District

Baldwin Park Unified School District

Duarte Unified School District

El Monte City School District

El Monte Union High School District

Monrovia Unified School District

San Gabriel Unified School District


If you are an employee of one of these school 
districts and meet the criteria of being age 
65 or older and would like to be contacted 
to schedule an appointment, please complete 
the request form by clicking here.


In addition to educators, DUSD is also able to 
offer first dose appointments to all members 
of Duarte and nearby communities who are 
age 65 and older.


If you are a community member and meet 
the criteria of being age 65 or older and 
would like to be contacted to schedule an appointment, 
please complete the request form 
by clicking here.


The first round of appointments will be 
scheduled for Saturday, February 20, and 
Sunday, February 21, 2021. During this first 
dose appointment, all participants will be 
scheduled for their second dose of the vaccine 
that will take place on Saturday, March 
20, and Sunday, March 21, 2021. Both vaccination 
appointments will be conducted at 
the Duarte Performing Arts Center parking 
lot (1401 Highland Avenue).


As there is a limited supply, residents are 
urged to complete the appointment request 
forms now. Also, please share this information 
with everyone you may know who needs 
the vaccine.

For the period of Sunday, February 7, through Saturday, February 13 the Police 
Department responded to 999 calls for service, of which 84 required formal investigations. 
The following is a summary report of some of the major incidents handled 
by the Department during this period.

Sunday, February 7:

1. At 2:05 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Santa Anita 
Avenue and Foothill Boulevard regarding a stolen vehicle in the area. Officers located 
the vehicle with four occupants on Rancho Road. An investigation revealed 
one of the passengers had two outstanding warrants for her arrest. The driver, a 
21-year-old male from El Monte, and the passenger, a 22-year-old female from 
West Covina, were arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Monday, February 8:

2. At 8:50 a.m., an officer responded to Western Rooter, 136 East Santa Clara 
Avenue, regarding a vandalism report. An investigation revealed the mailboxes 
at the location had been damaged. It is unknown if any mail was stolen. Two suspects 
were seen loitering in the area. The investigation is ongoing. 

3. At 9:06 a.m., a juvenile victim previously reported her boyfriend assaulted 
and slapped her several times during their relationship. Following an investigation 
with the suspect at the Arcadia Police Department, 250 West Huntington 
Drive, officers arrested the 15-year-old male from Arcadia. He was transported to 
the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Tuesday, February 9:

4. At 9:57 p.m., officers responded to the front lobby of the Arcadia Police 
Department, 250 West Huntington Drive, regarding the mother of a juvenile who 
had been arrested. The female demanded her son’s property and refused to leave 
without it. She was arrested for trespassing. While she was being detained, she 
began kicking and spitting at officers. The 45-year-old female from Arcadia was 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Wednesday, February 10:

5. At 1:58 a.m., officers conducting surveillance in the 1100 block of Duarte 
Road, located a serial mail thief as she attempted to steal mail in the area. The 
64-year-old female from Pasadena was arrested and transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking.

6. At 10:45 a.m., an officer responded to the Arcadia Methodist Hospital, 
300 West Huntington Drive, regarding a burglary report. Hospital staff located 
the female suspect sleeping inside the outpatient building of the hospital. She 
had collected numerous items from inside the building and placed them in bags. 
When she was confronted by the hospital staff, she fled leaving the bags behind. 

7. At 2:31 p.m., officers responded to the area of Diamond Street and Santa 
Anita Avenue regarding a fight between two male subjects in progress. An investigation 
revealed a road rage incident had occurred. One subject pulled over and 
the second subject drove back around to confront him. Both subjects exchanged 
words, as their female passengers filmed the incident. One subject attempted to 
grab the other’s cellphone, which was when the fight turned physical, one subject 
punched the other subject several times in the face. The primary aggressor, a 
38-year-old male from Arcadia, was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City 
Jail for booking.

8. At 6:05 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 1900 block of Santa 
Anita Avenue regarding a structure fire. A single-story home was engulfed with 
flames. Three residents managed to escape, and one resident was found deceased 
inside the home. The investigation is ongoing by the Arcadia Fire Department.

9. At 11:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Arcadia Avenue 
regarding a hit and run that that just occurred. An investigation revealed the 
suspect crashed into two vehicles and fled the scene. Officers located the suspect 
vehicle and upon contacting the driver, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol 
emitting from the driver. Through a series of tests, the officer determined 
the 37-year-old male from Temple City was driving under the influence of an 
alcoholic beverage. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City 
Jail for booking.


LEARN Act to Increase 
Standards for Law 
Enforcement Recruitment

South Pasadena looking 
for New City Manager

Bill Turns Caltrans Land 
into Low Cost Housing

 The City of South Pasadena is seeking a City Manager with 
exceptional interpersonal, leadership, communication, and 
negotiation skills. The incoming City Manager will be a 
seasoned individual and forward-thinking visionary who will 
continue to move the City in a positive direction by providing 
clear direction to staff, engaging and building relationships 
with the business community, and being responsive to 
community concerns. A candidate who possesses appreciation 
for and understanding of diversity within a city organization 
and community will be valued.

 A service-minded individual who listens and is approachable, 
accessible, and open to suggestions is highly desirable. The 
City Manager should be a skilled public speaker, a good 
communicator capable of exercising discretion, confidentiality, 
and tact when dealing with sensitive matters or communicating 
with internal and external stakeholders.

 The desired candidate has a strong finance background as 
well as experience with economic development. The City will 
benefit from a City Manager who understands and values the 
needs of the organization as well as the community and is 
willing to make a long-term commitment to South Pasadena.

 The incoming City Manager will be expected to take an active 
interest in the community and maintain effective working 
relationships with City staff, regional partners and outside 
organizations, and the general public.

 The Council is seeking a candidate who will communicate 
directly and openly and be transparent, consistent, and 
equitable in their dealings with all elected officials.

 The selected individual will show strength of character and 
unquestioned integrity, as well as the ability to work with the 
Council toward consensus on difficult or complex issues. The 
ideal candidate will possess a combination of strong political

leadership qualities and strong managerial experience. As a 
leader, the selected candidate will create an environment where 
employees feel empowered to excel. Candidates should possess 
excellent management skills and be able to delegate effectively 
while holding staff accountable.

 Any combination of education, training, and experience 
that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and 
abilities will be qualifying. The typical candidate will possess 
a Bachelor’s degree in public administration or a related field 
from an accredited college or university along with extensively 
responsible administrative experience in the planning, 
coordination, and financing of varied municipal activities; a 
Master’s degree is desirable. 


If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please 
apply online at:

Filing Deadline:

February 28, 2021

 Following the filing deadline, resumes will be screened 
according to the qualifications outlined above. The most 
qualified candidates will be invited to personal interviews with 
Bob Murray and Associates. Candidates will be advised of the 
status of the recruitment following finalists’ selection. Finalist 
interviews will be held with the City of South Pasadena.

 A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references 
once it is anticipated that they may be recommended as 
finalists. References will be contacted only following candidate 

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Mr. 
Gary Phillips at: (916) 784-9080

State Senator Anthony Portantino introduced SB 387, last 
week, a measure aimed at improving community policing, 
diversity within rank and file departments, and public safety 

 “Community policing today is more complex than ever, and 
we need officers that reflect our diverse communities and adapt 
to their values. The basic functions and duties of an officer 
have changed immensely over the years, but the recruitment 
strategies, pre-requisite training, and types of education we 
expect our officers to have needs updating,” Portantino said. 
“The LEARN Act will allow us to recruit, educate, and train 
California’s next generation of peace officers and better prepare 
them to carry out their duties in a way that is consistent with 
the expectations we place on officers today.”

 California must take the lead and ensure that we have the 
best and most highly trained officers. Today’s peace officers 
face many challenges, including evolving technologies, 
changing laws, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, and the 
growing mental health crisis. Studies and research from public 
safety experts throughout the country consistently show that 
increased education and training can help officers approach 
each interaction in a way that is proven to increase positive 
public safety outcomes. 

 SB 387 will set California’s next generation of peace officers 
up for success while helping to repair the trust between officers 
and the communities they serve. First, it would establish 
a statewide taskforce, comprised of community members, 
educators, and law enforcement, that will focus on identifying 
best practices for recruitment. The LEARN Act would also 
direct the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and 
Training to develop an expanded curriculum specifically 
designed to prepare officers to meet the expectations of a 
modern police force, including classes on mental health, social 
services, psychology, communication, and other related fields. 
The third component of the bill would provide financial grants 
to individuals who are in need and are committed to pursuing 
a career in law enforcement.

 “We must do more to show the value of a career in law 
enforcement as an honorable profession worthy of pursuing for 
all of California’s youth, regardless of their background, race, 
gender or financial status,” said Brian Marvel, President of the 
Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC). “If 
we are to truly improve public safety outcomes, we must seek 
to facilitate a cultural shift, both within the law enforcement 
profession but also externally in the way officers are viewed 
by members of the public. The LEARN Act will help us begin 
to facilitate a cultural shift by preparing and empowering our 
officers to approach each interaction with the necessary tools 
and skills, especially when confronting resistance.”

 SB 387 will create increased opportunities to recruit from 
a more diverse pool of prospective officers, require specific 
academic coursework as part of the training each officer must 
complete, and provide financial resources for both prospective 
and current officers to pursue a college education.

 The LEARN Act is sponsored by the Peace Officers Research 
Association of California (PORAC) and the California Police 
Chiefs Association (CPCA).


Chris Holden introduced 
Wednesday legislation, 
Assembly Bill 512, which 
would allow Housing 
Related Entities (HREs), like 
city housing departments 
and affordable housing 
developers, to purchase 
vacant land owned by 
Caltrans in the 710 North 
Corridor, at the original 
purchase price, for the 
purpose of building 
affordable housing.

 “The State of California is in 
a housing crises, yet the state 
owns vacant land in the 710 
Corridor that could be used 
to build affordable housing,” 
Holden said. “My bill would 
make it easier for the cities 
in the 710 corridor, or the 
HREs to purchase these 
lands and build urgently 
needed affordable housing.”

 Holden said, specifically, 
AB 512, allows Caltrans 
to sell the vacant lands to 
HREs at the same price as it 
was originally acquired by 
Caltrans 70 years ago if the 
property will be used for low 
and moderate income rental 
level for at least 55 years.

 “With the freeway fight 
over, now is the time to 
move to transportation 
and housing solutions that 
benefit our communities 
and the region,” he said.

 In October 2019 Governor 
Gavin Newsom signed 
Assembly Bill 29, authored 
by Holden, that abolished 
the freeway tunnel concept. 
The legislation closed 
loopholes in both Caltrans’ 
Final Environmental Impact 
Report and the 2017 Los 
Angeles Metro motion that 
drops the tunnel concept 
for strictly financial reasons. 
This opened up the vacant 
land for sale Holden said.

 “This is a historic moment 
for the San Gabriel Valley 
and Los Angeles ending this 
70-year-old battle,” Holden 
said at the time. “Now is the 
time for the region to lead 
the way in implementing 
transportation solutions that 
move us past a car-centric 
approach to reduce pollution 
and improve health and 

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